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February 12, 2016


China Flat, Thailand Optimistic


China: Robins McIntosh, Senior Vice President of Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited, which owns one the largest shrimp farming operations in the world, said China’s farmed shrimp production for the past year and a half has been flat.  He said some areas are still failing while other are recovering.  Indoor farms and farms in low salinity areas are compensating for the losses of production in the traditional farming areas, resulting in flat production.


“If you can grow it, you get a good price,” McIntosh said.  “This indicates that there is a high demand for shrimp.”  Because of seasonal effects and EHP, China has been producing smaller shrimp, “so that larger shrimp are being imported.”


Thailand: McIntosh said the only shrimp farmers in Asia with a positive outlook were those in Thailand!  He is confident that Thai production will be close to 290,000 to 300,000 metric tons in 2016!  “The growth of shrimp is excellent,” he said.  Some farmers are harvesting 50-to-60-gram shrimp and production costs have dropped.  Our farmers “have discovered the changes that have happened in the world of breeding shrimp and have adapted to them.  Other countries are still in the process of understanding.”


Source: Boletín CNA (Ecuador’s Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura).  Editor, Jorge Tejada.  Las exportaciones de camarón de Ecuador a China ahora en su máximo histórico.  National Aquaculture Chamber.  January 29, 2016.

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